2016 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru "Vaillons" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1355313 90-93 points Vinous

 Pale yellow. A touch of mineral reduction to the aromas of apple, white peach and iodine. Silky and dense on entry, then creamy and deep in the middle, but with good saline mineral punch giving the wine an impression of thrust. The very long, bright, rising finish features a musky suggestion of quinine. With its concentration and balance, this is a superb premier cru in the making. (ST)  (8/2017)

92 points John Gilman

 Like almost all of the premier crus at Domaine William Fèvre from 2016, the Vaillons had been bottled in late October. Yields here were a bit better than in Montmains, though still just over twenty hectoliters per hectare, so this too is not going to be easy to find in the market. The wine is really superb this year, offering up a complex bouquet of green apple, pear, a touch of beeswax, chalky minerality and plenty of spring flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and racy in profile, with a rock solid core, fine focus and grip, zesty acids and a very long, nascently complex and supremely elegant finish. I really like this wine this year!  (11/2017)

89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A discreet application of wood sets off ripe aromas of various white orchard fruit that are laced with notes of rose petal, spice and a wisp of sea shore. The mildly riper and more concentrated flavors possess a bit more power and punch on the lingering and saline finish. This is very good but I prefer the slightly punchier mouth feel of the Montmains.  (8/2017)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Chablis 1Er Cru Vaillons comes from 3.5 hectares split over ten parcels in the heart of the premier cru. It has an attractive bouquet with scents of lime flower and wet granite. The palate is rounded and more supple than the Montmains, crisp and precise with lime and Granny Smith apple toward the finish. Fine. (NM)  (8/2017)

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M√Ęcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.